2021 was a BIG year for the world, as well as for Connie. As a nation we have been faced with loss, uncertainty and unprecedented challenges that have tested our resolve. As an emerging company we have tackled learning curves and persevered through many growing pains. Through it all, we have remained focused in our commitment to enhance the health and well-being of Connecticut residents through the provision of health information technology services. I’m proud to report that Connie has been successfully stood up and is steadfast in our mission. Our future is hopeful, and our potential is inspiring.
Of the many highlights of the year, I am very proud of the team we have built. Connie has some of the most committed, resourceful, and talented staff I have ever had the privilege of working with. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the support and guidance from our highly engaged and mission committed Board of Directors, comprised of individuals representing a cross section of Connie stakeholders including healthcare professionals, consumer advocates, and state agency representatives. Finally, our partners at the Office of Health Strategy (OHS) and the Department of Social Services (DSS) have been invaluable as we’ve navigated our first successful year.
In addition to our incredible team, dedicated board members and state partners, we have benefited greatly from the collaborative spirit and expertise of CRISP and their affiliate Health Information Exchanges. Joining CRISP allowed us to leverage their robust infrastructure to get Connie up and running quickly, which was a pivotal piece in our success.
In May, Connie, Connecticut’s state-designated Health Information Exchange was deemed operational by OHS and is fully functioning. Since then, we have distributed over 4.4 million dollars to assist in connecting Connecticut’s healthcare community and now have more than 273 healthcare organizations participating with Connie, including most major healthcare systems. We have created a patient consent policy, an opt-out process for patients, gone live with our website and launched LIVE data going through Connie. We have rolled out the Connie Portal and our InContext EMR-embedded application. Finally, I am thrilled to report that we are receiving data for more than 2.8M patients in Connie, directly supporting our mission to improve the health and well-being of our fellow Nutmeggers.
Needless to say, 2021 was busy and challenging, but also pretty incredible! I know we can and will top this in 2022 because we have an excellent team that is innovative, creative, and committed to secure clinical exchange for the empowerment of consumers and health care providers in Connecticut